iSCSI Data Recovery

Whether you’ve accidentally deleted files from one of your server or SAN device’s iSCSI targets, or you’ve lost an entire iSCSI target and all of the data contained within, the iSCSI data recovery experts here at Gillware can help.

Whatever data you’ve lost, you need to rely on specialists with in-depth knowledge of enterprise business systems and experts in plunging to the depths of your failed storage device and salvage your important files, databases, records, and more.

What Are iSCSI Targets?

For many SAN and server setups, iSCSI (often pronounced “eye-scuzzy”) protocols are the norm. The acronym “iSCSI” stands for “Internet Small Computers System Interface”. As the name suggests, iSCSI is a storage networking standard based on Internet protocols. A typical SAN can have dozens of terabytes of storage space, and iSCSI protocols allow all this space to be parceled out easily and efficiently.

SAN devices and servers are typically used by a lot of people at once. It turns out that creating physical partitions for everyone who has to use your SAN is very inefficient. Physical partitions are somewhat inflexible. So what happens when you have to make room for another person? What if you have to extend or shrink some of the partitions? Your SAN setup can quickly become a logical nightmare.

Gillware's iSCSI data recovery experts can recover data from SAN and NAS RAID servers.
Gillware’s iSCSI data recovery experts can recover data from SAN and NAS RAID servers.

Logical Unit Numbers

And that is the beauty of iSCSI. Carving up large storage spaces comes part and parcel with the iSCSI protocol. In order for a storage area to be usable, it needs to have at least one iSCSI target defined. You can turn the entire SAN into a single iSCSI target. But most users will have their SAN carved out into many iSCSI targets. Each little storage space you create has a logical unit number designated to it by iSCSI protocol. But people will often use “Logical unit number”, or LUN, as shorthand to refer to the partition itself.

Each LUN appears to its user to be its own storage space. LUNs are similar to virtual partitions in the sense that they don’t correspond to any physical partitions on the “host” device. They can be manipulated at will because they are, at least to some degree, hardware-agnostic. SCSI targets don’t really care what their host’s physical partitioning geometry is. Therefore, these are termed “soft partitions”.

Synology RS3412xs Data Recovery Case Study: Deleted LUNs

How iSCSI Data Recovery Works

Gillware’s enterprise iSCSI data recovery experts can help if you have lost access to one or more LUNs. This can happen due to hardware failure, accidental deletion, or logical file corruption. Since you only have to pay us if our data recovery efforts are successful, our entire data recovery process is financially risk-free.

Recovering data from iSCSI targets and LUNs requires a lot of skill and dedicated tools. Our engineers must often delve deep into the inner workings of complex file systems, including Linux systems, to piece together these “soft partitions”. This not only takes a lot of know-how from people who’ve spent decades learning intimately what makes computer systems “tick”, but also advanced and custom-tailored data recovery and filesystem analysis tools.

We have all this and more in our data recovery lab. With our proprietary data recovery tools in hand, our experts have total control over every step of the data recovery process, putting our iSCSI data recovery services head and shoulders above other professional data recovery labs.

Experts make forensically-sound disk images of every hard disk in your SAN or RAID server, inspecting each drive’s health and making sure the disk image is as healthy and accurate as possible. We string the disk images together, explore them to find your iSCSI targets and LUNs, and salvage as much data as possible.

When you have time-critical iSCSI data recovery needs and you need your files returned to you as urgently as possible, you can take advantage of our emergency data recovery service levels to get back on your feet in no time flat.

Why choose Gillware for Enterprise iSCSI Data Recovery?

Gillware’s data recovery services are affordably priced, technologically innovative and completely secure.

Technology

Best-in-class engineering and software development staff
Gillware employs a full time staff of electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, computer scientists and software developers to handle the most complex data recovery situations and data solutions

Strategic partnerships with leading technology companies
Gillware is proud to be a recommended provider for Dell, Western Digital and other major hardware and software vendors. These partnerships allow us to gain unique insight into recovering from these devices.

RAID Array / NAS / SAN data recovery
Using advanced engineering techniques, we can recover data from large capacity, enterprise grade storage devices such as RAID arrays, network attached storage (NAS) devices and storage area network (SAN) devices.

Virtual machine data recovery
Thanks to special engineering and programming efforts, Gillware is able to recover data from virtualized environments with a high degree of success.

Security/Privacy

SOC 2 Type II audited
Gillware has been security audited to ensure data safety, meaning all our facilities, networks, policies and practices have been independently reviewed and determined as completely secure.

Facility and staff
Gillware’s facilities meet the SOC 2 Type II audit requirements for security to prevent entry by unauthorized personnel. All staff are pre-screened, background checked and fully instructed in the security protocol of the company.

We are a GSA contract holder.
We meet the criteria to be approved for use by government agencies
GSA Contract No.: GS-35F-0547W

HIPAA compliant
Our entire data recovery process can be handled to meet HIPAA requirements for encryption, transfer and protection of e-PHI.

Pricing

No obligation, no up-front fees, free inbound shipping and no-cost evaluations.
Gillware’s data recovery process is 100% financially risk free. We only charge if the data you want is successfully recovered.

Our pricing is 40-50% less than our competition.
By using cutting edge engineering techniques, we are able to control costs and keep data recovery prices low.

Instant online estimates.
By providing us with some basic information about your case, we can give you an idea of how much it will cost before you proceed with the recovery.

We only charge for successful data recovery efforts.
We work with you to define clear data recovery goals for our technicians, and only charge you upon successfully meeting these goals and recovering the data that is most important to you.

Gillware is trusted, reviewed and certified

Gillware has the seal of approval from a number of different independent review organizations, including SOC 2 Type II audit status, so our customers can be sure they’re getting the best data recovery service possible.

Gillware is a proud member of IDEMA and the Apple Consultants Network.

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